Posted on 09.19.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in World with 0 Comments
The operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant will have no choice but to release more than 1 million tonnes of radioactive water into the Pacific sea, Japan’s environment minister has said. Since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that caused the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, Tokyo Electric Power Co has collected water used to keep the fuel cores from melting and groundwater that has seeped into the basement levels of the plant. The water is stored in hundreds of tanks but government estimates suggest there will be no storage space by mid-2022. “The only option will be to drain it into the sea and dilute it” Yoshiaki Harada said. “It is not true that we have decided on the disposal method,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said later.